Christie has acquired coolux, a developer and supplier of 3D compositing and rendering systems, best known for its Pandoras Box product family. coolux will maintain its office in Cologne and will be integrated into Christie’s Global Market Solutions team.
Jennifer Smith, executive vice president, Global Market Solutions, said: “Christie is committed to deepen its marketplace lead in supplying a total solution for advanced applications such as projection mapping, broadcast delivery and all manner of large-scale digital canvas creation, so the fit between our products and services and those of coolux is a natural one.”
She continued: “Pre-visualisation capability when creating stunning, experiential events – including real-time rendering of same – is increasingly important in the creative plans of entertainment designer and creative visionaries. The acquisition is a boon to those who need multiple display technologies to come together to create both continuous and non-continuous digital canvases, but most importantly, to be able to create and manage the content that flows onto these canvases.”
coolux CEO Jan Huewel assumes the new position of senior director, Processing Solutions, reporting to Jennifer Smith. Huewel said: “In a world where visual and audio experiences are assuming new importance in inspiring and moving audiences, content orchestration and synchronised content delivery is paramount and with today’s news, Christie, with its already impressive presence in this arena, has gained another leading-edge product line and development team to ensure it keeps its lead.”
Award-winning projection designer Bart Kresa of BARTKRESA design commented: “I’ve used coolux and Christie products in a number of my productions and value both for their feature-rich gamut and reliability, so I’m excited about what Christie will come up with in future, leveraging its expertise and that of the coolux team.”